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Tips for Working with Volunteers

Put yourself in their shoes If you’re a paid member of staff, imagine doing your role for nothing; how would you expect to be treated? Be realistic Perhaps you have founded an organisation and you are unpaid. Can you expect the volunteers who get involved to share your passion? Can you realistically expect them to

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Attracting Volunteers and Embracing Trends

The best time to attract volunteers is in January – and not only because people make new years resolutions to give something back to the community. Whether you look forward to Christmas or not, it brings hustle and bustle; some people are preparing for Christmas long before December and January is the anti-climax of all

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Need Help or Cheering Up?

You may have stumbled across this blog post or you may be responding to one of our ‘Do you need help? (Or just cheering up?)’ messages. So what sort of person responds to the question ‘Do you need help?’? We could probably all do with help in one way or another but perhaps you are

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Volunteer Coordinator – Tough Job

I wanted to write a blog post acknowledging the hard work of Volunteer Coordinators and the confusion that exists surrounding the role. For a start, there’s generally a lot of confusion surrounding ‘volunteering’ as a concept. Take a look at our post ‘volunteers and the phrase do-gooder’. I cringe constantly through many national newspaper articles.

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Our Previous Blog Posts

Here is a list of all Finders Keepers blog posts, dating back to December 2013. If you are interested in reading any of these posts, please drop us an email to info@finderskeeperscornwall.com.   Not for profit organisations – unpaid internships Volunteering – minimising the drop-out rate Attracting volunteers and embracing trends Volunteers – more hassle

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Not-for-profits; What is Your Face-Value?

In my last post (where I interviewed three business owners on ‘charities’ read it by clicking here), I stated that the interviews highlighted that, without the encouragement to consider charity in detail, people are likely to take charities at face-value – and it should surely be a charity’s plight to ensure that their ‘face-value’ is

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Corporate Views on Volunteering

In my last blog post, I published interviews I undertook with three business owners I know. You can read the interviews and my subsequent blog surrounding donations by clicking here. Perhaps it is not surprising that as my interviewees know little about charity generally, they know even less about volunteering. Before I worked in admin

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Public Opinion on Fundraising

Finders Keepers involves me sitting at a computer with my head down concentrating. On my own, with no colleagues to bounce ideas off of, or even just to have a bit of office banter with, so I thought I’d take on a part-time contrast job in bar work. (NB. I’d recommend it to any self-employed

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Volunteers in Charity Retail

As with many elements of working with volunteers, the difficult bit is often establishing what the problems are, rather than actually resolving them. Retail is often a contentious issue for charities, and they often struggle to understand why. The main issue is that it involves practically segregating the organisation, yet ensuring elements which are ‘removed’

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Integrating Staff and Volunteers

The stage at which you involve volunteers in your organisation will have a significant impact on the success/effectiveness of your volunteering programme. There is a stark difference between: a) Introducing volunteers into an established staff team, and b) Introducing paid staff into a predominantly volunteer-led organisation Issues with a): – Staff may feel more important

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